While it might feel as if parents are giving their children less traditional names as time passes, the old favorites still seem to be dominating.
Much like music, movies, and clothing, baby names seems to go in and out of fashion. Some of the kids your children go to school with might well have names we think are more suited to our grandparents and even great-grandparents. However, they are simply coming back around after a few decades of unpopularity.
Old names coming back into fashion isn't the only baby naming trend we have seen recently. Downright peculiar names, at least on first instance, that have never been used, let alone been popular at any point. It usually starts with a celebrity using the name. Once that happens, you can rest assured that the name will catch on. Before you know it, there are a litany of Apples and Rockets being pushed around in prams.
However, the list of the most popular names in British Colombia last year has suggested otherwise. That some of the most popular names of the last few decades remain stronger than ever. The list compiled by the Vital Statistics Agency revealed that Liam leads the way for the boys while Olivia is top of the charts on the female side of things.
The stats show that 2018 wasn't a one-off or a comeback year either. Olivia was also the most popular girls' name in British Colombia in 2017 too. Emma, William, James, and Amelia are also right up there. The Canadian province isn't completely set in its ways though. New entries into the top picks in 2018 include Leo and Isla, the perfect combo of a new age name without getting too weird with it if you ask us.
While the numbers above only relate to British Colombia, we'd like to think that other places have followed suit. Yes, celebrity babies with out-there names might seem commonplace, but that's only because we are exposed to them a lot more than the regular babies of the world. If you feel as if a name is common or overused, don't give up on it. Popular names are popular for a reason.